The 2015/16 premier league season could be one of the most exciting Premier League title races in recent years; with most seasons being either a single team dominating throughout the season, or at most, a couple of teams competing for the coveted Premier League trophy. This season could be different with all four teams that finished in the Champions League spots last season setting their eyes on nothing less than the ultimate crown.
Firstly Chelsea, probably the favorites to win the Premier League again, but, one thing is for certain – this upcoming season would pose a tougher challenge than the preceding one. Jose Mourinho and his blues were probably a little lucky with injuries, having not lost not too many players through the season due to injuries, barring Diego Costa. Chelsea have a settled, balanced unit, with additions in the right areas to improve the squad, they could once again be the team to beat.They have already signed Radamel Falcao as a replacement for the iconic Didier Drogba, which has raised a few eyebrows considering his barren spell at Manchester United but the special one wishes to turn him into the poaching beast of the old. If Mourinho succeed in that aspiration of his, Chelsea would be a formidable force at not only in the Premier League but, also in European and Cup competitions.
Moving on to Manchester City, having had a below average season in the previous campaign, coupled with huge expenditure on the transfer front is expected. An ageing squad seems to be a problem for them, with Yaya Toure and captain Vincent Kompany having disappointing campaigns last season, a major revamp is expected this time around. They seemed to rely heavily on Sergio Aguero and their attacking front which delivered the majority of the time, but, their defence seemed to be a shambles a lot of the time, with Kompany not being at full-fitness nor top form throughout the season coupled with a disappointing campaign for Eliaquim Mangala and an average one for Martin Demichelis meant City were struggling. They are in need of a new spine, with them in search of someone of the presence like Paul Pogba who could share the burden put on Toure’s shoulders. With this burden lessened on the midfield powerhouse plus a fully fit Kompany, this alone would be a major boost to the team. They have so far only served to further strengthen their attacking potency, snatching Raheem Sterling away from Liverpool for ~£49million, it will be interesting to see how he progresses at City, and, if he can help them on their way to winning the Premier League.
Going on to Arsenal, after suffering for more than 10 years without the Premier League crown, things seem to be looking brighter for the Gunners. Their main problem has been that they either have a good start and fade off towards the end, or, have a poor start and have a strong end both of which end with them scraping into the Champions League spots every season. But a strong second half of the season and a second straight FA Cup seems to be a good platform for Wenger’s men to kick on in the Premier League. With arsenal already signing Chelsea’s Petr Cech already, the team looks well-balanced and a couple of good signings could just be the final pieces in the jigsaw. With Francis Coquelin having played a phenomenal role in Arsenal’s turnaround last season, providing some good competition to him would be ideal in bringing out the best in him, with Juventus’ Arturo Vidal heavily rumoured to join the North London side. A top striker, someone who could complement Olivier Giroud like targets that have been touted already; Karim Benzema or Alexandre Lacazette would mean that Arsenal could be the team to give Chelsea a run for their money.
Lastly Manchester United, having had a decent season last year with Louis Van Gaal, United ended the season strongly jumping from 7th to 4th, thus importantly qualifying for the Champions League play-offs. Huge expenditures expected once again, with Van Gaal trying to build a title-winning squad. But the problem with such expenditures is that a settled unit is difficult to form, with massive additions and offloads every season. As we saw last season with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera finding it difficult to integrate into the team or really get into the form that earnt them their moves to United. United could well need about 5-6 players to genuinely contend for the Premier League. With the expected departure of David De Gea, who probably won them about 15-20 points last season by himself, a top ‘keeper is very high up on the list of requirements. A good commanding center and a right back could reshape the entire defensive unit, as they simply cannot rely on Antonio Valencia at right back for another season. The signings of Sebastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin could be serious game changers if the team gels well around them and could make United a force to reckon with.
All this makes for an exciting 2015/16 campaign, with there looking like being one of the closest and toughest battles for the Premier League title in some years.